Your car is a pretty cool machine meant to get you from point A to point B while enjoying the ride. But how can we enjoy the ride when we have a vibrating vehicle? Not comfortable! There is nothing worse than your smooth vehicle turning into a bumpy roller coaster. So, why does my car vibrate? What is the leading cause to vibrating vehicles? We all know they should drive smoothly!
What is my car trying to tell me then?
How To Diagnosis Your Vibrating Vehicle
You are absolutely right. Your car is trying to tell you something if it starts vibrating. There could be numerous reasons for a vibrating vehicle, but luckily for you, this article will teach you everything.
The most frequent problem that causes a vibrating vehicle is your tires. Your tires are what make your vehicle move, so if something is wrong, then your vehicle will attempt to show you the issue. I’ve already explained the importance of checking your tire treads, which could be the issue to why you have a vibrating vehicle. Here is a list of what your tires are trying to tell you if you feel a weird vibration (especially while driving fast).
Tire Balance– If you feel a vibration, especially at specific speeds ( like between 60 mph & 70 mph), then your tires could be out of balance due to normal wear and tear. The good thing, balancing your tires is cheap and your mechanic can do it very quickly.
Bad Wear of Treads– Like I’ve mentioned before, low treads are bad. If you think your tires are balanced and rotated well, then check the tread wear by using a penny!
Uneven Wear (or Feathering)– This could be due to a bad rotation of your tires & or hard driving conditions. If your tires are out of alignment you will actually see it first. If you feel a bad vibration, especially on the highway, and your wheel wants to veer left or right, then park your car and look at all four tires from the rear. You will notice one, or two, tires out of alignment. Meaning they do not align up to the other tires. Alignments can be done by your mechanic, and if caught sooner rather than later, cause no harm to your vehicle.
Flat Spots– If you’ve stored your car for a really long time you will get flat spots in your tires (most likely). Not really a big deal considering they should work themselves out once you start driving again. You will feel sudden, but soft, bumps while driving.
Outer-Edge Wear– If you notice the outside of your tires wearing more than the inside, this is caused from an under-inflation of your tires. So go grab some air and pump those bad boys up! Keep checking your tire pressure to prevent this from happening!
Now, a vibration in your wheel ( or wobbly feeling ) is another indicator of tire issues. Your wheel might need to be realigned if you fix your tires and still feel the vibration. This usually occurs if you do a lot of off-roading / hard driving.
Another culprit of a vibrating vehicle is your brakes. If you feel your car shaking or hearing a ticking noise when you brake, it’s time to get them checked. You probably have a bad brake rotor. Your brake rotor could have gotten bent, which causes them to overheat and wear unevenly when your brake pads push against them. Brakes do not wear easily so if you feel this shaking or bumping while applying the brakes, go get them checked!
Very rarely, but it could happen, is an axle problem. This will also cause your car to vibrate. The vibration worsens the faster you drive. Just ask your mechanic to check your drive shaft to make sure nothing is bent.
Lastly, and also more unlikely, are engine problems. These are very noticeable too. If you feel a sudden jerk while accelerating, shaking at specific speeds, or the shaking begins randomly, then you probably have an engine issue. The most common causes are air filters, fuel filters, or spark plugs. If you have a dirty or clogged air filter or fuel filter, your car is not getting enough oxygen / fuel to help it run smoothly. Which causes that jerking feeling while accelerating. Same goes with your spark plugs. Spark plugs are small and can be easily fixed / checked.
All in all, a vibrating vehicle means something is up. Like I said above, your tires are the number one cause to a vibrating vehicle so checking your tire pressure and eyeing your tires frequently will help you find these problems before they happen!
To prevent the other issues from occurring, stick to a regular car maintenance schedule! Listen to your vehicle and know how to fix your vehicle. Helping you Motor With Confidence 🙂